As a continued environmentally conscious effort Sony has added one more hand-powered prototype to their eco-list called the "Twirl N' Take". It looks and moves kind of like a pizza cutter, but it doesn't cut pizza. It takes digital pictures instead. read more »
Nowadays, the word "automatic" appears in front of almost everything we touch. Today a brief stroll around the aisles of most stores reveals a culture that can no longer, is no longer, interested in doing things the old-fashioned way: manually. Disagree? Then take a look at United States patent 6471679 . read more »
"I Could Just Kick Myself." Well, now you can!
Did your parents ever tell you all you needed was a swift kick in the butt? If you were in grade school around the time I was - back when no one much cared about your self-esteem or your feelings - you might have heard a teacher say these very same words to/at you. Perhaps when you've screwed up, yet again, you've even uttered these words to yourself under your breath. The obvious problem in this last scenario is that people just aren't built to accomplish such a feat. read more »
If you've listened to the news lately it might seem as though we are on the brink of another arms race. Oh sure, we've made some progress with North Korea, for now, but what about the rest of the world? If worrying about escalating international tensions is keeping you from making good on your new year's resolution to embark on a diet and fitness program that will help you transform yourself, I've got a patent that could put some of your fears to rest - temporarily - just long enough so that you can get up off the couch and into the gym.
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When a cigarette company decides to release a series of ads about smoking, the results are pretty much as you'd expect. When the cigarette company is Japanese, the ads take on a chilling yet child-like charm. Here are the first ten... read more »
These Star Wars Droid soy sauce bottles add spice - literally - to your table while giving fans of the popular sci-fi movie series one more 'must have' collectible. read more »
I just can't close the year without sharing these beautiful hand blown and crafted martini glasses with you. The dog and cat martini glasses are made by Yurana Glass Designs and each one is crafted individually, so no two are alike. They cost a little more than the average cat or dog bowl, but after all, they're for a celebration... like New Year's Eve. read more »
One of TIME Magazine's Top 10 Scientific Discoveries of the year is the discovery of kryptonite. But by a strange twist of events, the mineral has been named "jadarite." read more »
Creatures with human faces - whether the result of evolution or the inventive efforts of mankind - have fascinated us from time immemorial. Here are five creatures that display amusing, surprising, and disturbing human features. read more »
Tired of beating back the college kids for that coveted seat in the library? Well, your troubles may be over. The "Take-A-Seat" chair, created by Jelte van Geest of Eindhoven Design Academy, explores the latest in interactive mobile seating, ensuring your derriere has the proper resting spot during all of your intellectual brow furrowing and heavy book lifting. read more »
They're not the best, not all the most promising .... They're not even the most popular. The ideas are not necessarily good ideas. They are not categorized by science, technology, or other standard classifications -- only alphabetically ordered. But the New York Times Magazine's 7th Annual Year In Ideas has picked 70 ideas just for your interest that have been percolating around the world in 2007. read more »
Have you ever longed for a gentle reassuring touch throughout the day? Would you welcome an occasional touch, rub, or connection to another without all the messy human entanglements that often accompany such a sweet gesture? read more »
While some in the U.S. may feel that a lack of governmental transparency here has led to significant shortfalls in recent policy decisions, those in Iran are getting the chance to chime in on policy while simultaneously learning a little bit about the mind of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
We know many of the vices we enjoy actually accelerate our journey towards oblivion. Furthermore, not knowing exactly how fast we're going is the cause of some considerable anxiety. And anxiety, as you know, makes the time it takes to reach our final destination go even faster! Still not ready to toss out your cigarettes or stop yelling at your spouse? read more »
Looking for the latest and greatest ornaments around? I’ve done some investigating, and have found some clever and whimsical variations on the usual Santa and snowman theme. These funky ideas will help you to kick your holiday collection up a notch and bring some flavor to your tree-trimming. read more »
If you're not in the swing of the "Season" yet, maybe these adorable pets and their holiday fashions will put you in a festive mood. Christmas fashion is in for pets; the question is how will you keep up with them?
I've selected my favorite pet holiday fashions, as well as costumes, for 2007. Read on to see the awards for silliest, holiest, flashiest, most shocking, and other awards for holiday pet fashion this year, covering fashion for dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, and horses... the best pet Holiday outfits for 2007!
Thanks to Henry Petroski's book, "The Toothpick: Technology and Culture," I've learned that the toothpick has both an illustrious history and some interesting applications. But I wonder what Petroski would say about a group of patents I've termed, "addiction hygiene?"
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For years I've been haunted by a musical potty and its innocent reward system. Why is it that adults don't have anything besides toilet paper to remind us how grand it is to take part in adult civilized society? Well, we do now. read more »
Gift baskets are always fun to receive, and pets love them as much as we do. This year's holiday pet gift baskets are more ingenious and beautiful than ever, with special ones for the dogs, cats, birds and horses that you know and love. There are even combination gift baskets, a one-shot gift idea for pet and pet-lover for Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukah!
Gift wrap can be so pedestrian, especially this time of year. Red, green, gold and white are such tired choices in an endless sea of gift wrap options. So why not break out of the box and try something new? And don't fool yourself - presentation matters! So here are a few of my top picks for some of the coolest gift wrap around. If you don't impress them with the gift, you can at least dazzle and distract them with the packaging, right? read more »